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Portbou is located in Catalonia
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 42¬į25‚Ä≤37‚Ä≥N 3¬į09‚Ä≤40‚Ä≥EÔĽŅ / ÔĽŅ42.42694¬įN 3.16111¬įEÔĽŅ / 42.42694; 3.16111Coordinates: 42¬į25‚Ä≤37‚Ä≥N 3¬į09‚Ä≤40‚Ä≥EÔĽŅ / ÔĽŅ42.42694¬įN 3.16111¬įEÔĽŅ / 42.42694; 3.16111
Country  Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Girona
Comarca Alt Empordà
 - Mayor Antoni Vega Can√©
 - Total 9.21 km2 (3.6 sq mi)
Elevation 28 m (92 ft)
Population (2007)
 - Total 1,307
 - Density 141.9/km2 (367.5/sq mi)
 - Demonym Portbouenc, portbouenca
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Portbou is a town in the Alt Empordà county, in Girona province, Southern Catalonia. It has a population of 1,307 people.



It is located on the inner Catalan border, in the Costa Brava region, and frequently serves as a dropping off point for SNCF trains coming from Cerbère in France.

Portbou was a small but important point for the republicans during the Spanish Civil War, as it was one of the few places from where they could get supplies from abroad.


Portbou is also the site where German philosopher Walter Benjamin died and was buried in 1940. There is a monument in his honor, by Dani Karavan.


Portbou is a break-of-gauge station. It contains a major rail freight transfer facility, and a large passenger station built to support customs and immigration. The customs and immigation facilities are no longer required as both France and Spain are Schengen Area members.

A pair of railway tunnels connect Portbou with Cerbère in France. One tunnel contains a standard gauge track, and one an Iberian gauge track. Local Spanish trains either terminate at Portbou or run through to Cerbère, where the Iberian gauge tracks ends, and French trains either terminate at Cerbère or continue to Portbou. Portbou has a TALGO Automatic Track Gauge Changeover System facility, for use by thought trains between France an Spain.

The road connection to Cerbère in France is via the Coll dels Balitres (173 m). This route is longer than the rail route.


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  • Panareda Clop√©s, Josep Maria; Rios Calvet, Jaume; Rabella Vives, Josep Maria (1989). Guia de Catalunya, Barcelona:Caixa de Catalunya. ISBN 84-87135-01-3 (Spanish). ISBN 84-87135-02-1 (Catalan).

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